It's foggy and hot. Of course while I was sick it was cooler out. Now I have 3 days of chores to catch up on in 100 degree weather.
I have been thinking (hold the chuckles down, the people in the back can't hear me) about this new blog. I have a few worries that I might tick some people off. Oh, I know I have never worried about that before, but this one isn't my blog. But I was asked to do this project by a person that reads me, and knows what a piece of work I can be.
One is this entire notion that homesteading = green living. Who concocted this little perverse lie? Homesteading is primitive, yes, but green? Don't make me laugh, my belly still hurts this morning. So, before I go over and introduce myself to their readers, let me break down this homesteading and green ideal in mine.
There are many things that we do that isn't Kosher. The 100 mile diet thing is ok for a lot of us, but then there are people that are in regions were this isn't going to be easy, take Sassy in Alaska for example. Alaska isn't the easiest place to homestead. The growing season is very short, you need to bring in your domestic farm animals, hunt, fish, gather, and have a quick growing garden if not a green house.
Reduction in utility vehicles isn't an option for homesteaders, unless they have no domestic farm animals, or have enough acreage to feed their livestock. Many of us have no more then five acres. I have done the math, and milking my own cows, plus the cost of feed, saves me $67 a month, versus buying it at the store ( this includes gas as well) And that is just the 4 gallons we go through every week, not adding in the surplus, which is currently 3 gallons and soon will be 10 gallons extra a week. I save $2 a day on eggs. Because of this, I will continue to use my big ole truck to haul feed.
We tear up the ground. For our gardens, we ripe open the earth, lusting for her deep, rich, dark blood. We grow non native plants in our regions so that we may feed ourselves and our families.
Everything we do is selfish, it benefits ourselves not the environment. We use glass, and rubber and plastics. We chop down trees for homes, fuel, baskets, and fences. We work animals in ways that certain groups would come out and protest for. ( milking, meat, fiber, draft) If we were to be labeled, we would be closer to survivalist, then green elitists. We don't want to government involved in trying to save us, take away things we need, tax the things they may think is bad to a point where we can't afford to use them. I have noticed some green people want the government to step in, to save us from ourselves. We want them to step back and allow us to live the way we feel is correct.
Most of us have guns, and those that don't will once their livestock has been attacked. Homesteading is a strange little world, mixed up and in between what the general population thinks it is. We are not survivalist, we are not green people.
I have said it before, and I will say it again and always. We are Salt. Big ole selfish Salt tablets of the Earth. We work hard, age quickly and die young all to live a lifestyle that makes us feel accomplished, loved, close to the Earth and our families. And if you have come here for something greener, I will be happy to point you to some excellent blogs about that.
Now that, that is out of my system, I can introduce myself tomorrow.